3422 Park Section Supervisor

Recruitment #CBT-3422-901859

Introduction

THIS IS A CITYWIDE EXAMINATION


Amended May 30, 2018
to Correct Minimum Qualifications,
Section Procedures, and Terms of Announcement,
and to Amend Filing Deadline

Applicants who already applied to this recruitment DO NOT need to reapply.

Verification requirement is due by June 12, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
No exceptions. See "Verification" section below for instructions.


The purpose of this examination announcement is to establish a citywide eligible list for the 3422 Park Section Supervisor job classification.

Position Description
Under direction, the Park Section Supervisor supervises staff involved in the care and maintenance of grounds, recreational and park facilities and other assigned landscaped and planted areas of City-owned property. The essential functions of the class include: supervising subordinates in the maintenance and care of parks, easements and center islands, other planted and landscaped areas, including large interior landscaping installations and recreational areas; supervising the planting, potting, transplanting and propagation of trees, shrubs and other nursery stock; carrying out and enforcing existing procedures and methods of operation; exercising independent judgment in the assignment of work; training and inspecting the work of subordinates; making public contact; and preparing records and required reports. The nature of this largely outdoor work requires considerable physical effort and occasional exposure to rain and seasonal elements, as well as to some disagreeable working conditions.

Essential Duties
The Park Section Supervisor:

     1. Supervises the work of gardeners and others in the methods to maintain and care for parks, easements, center islands, other planted and landscaped areas, including irrigation, plant propagation, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), weed management, site cleanup, homeless encampment cleanup, sodding, pruning, mowing and other horticultural maintenance;
     2. Researches and recommends the use of new products and equipment, orders plants and estimates the cost of jobs for landscapes, as well as for recreation facilities; selects plant stock and supplies, and fills orders for plant stock and supplies; uses a computerized work order system to initiate, track and close jobs; completes purchase orders and reviews subsequent invoices, as well as balances the related budget;
     3. Ensures safe work practices by directing staff to wear protective equipment, conducting accident investigations, and instructing on the proper use of tools, equipment and IPM; and provides information on employee and public safety related to structural repairs, tree hazards and other unsafe working conditions;
     4. Obtains, posts and keeps track of permits required for program implementation by submitting requests to regulatory agencies; and reports on and posts public notices when using pesticides on City property;
     5. Plans and implements landscaping and planting projects, develops related maintenance standards, and maintains landscaped and planted areas; assesses the need for tree removal, replanting and reforestation; and performs landscaping tasks, such as pruning, irrigation inspection and maintenance, spraying, fertilizing and planting shrubs and trees;
     6. Communicates verbally and in writing with the public, as well as with community groups, volunteers, advisory committees, commissions and the police; drafts memos and letters, and writes incident reports; prepares educational materials and makes presentations related to park maintenance and conservation; and acts as liaison among departments by attending meetings and representing the Department at special events and hearings, as well as before committees and boards;
     7. Performs or supervises minor repairs to facilities and equipment;
     8. Operates a City vehicle to gain access to work sites among various areas; AND
     9. Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

 Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the date of appointment unless otherwise noted.
     1. Three years of verifiable experience in the care, construction or maintenance of landscaped areas by planting, weeding, fertilizing, irrigating, pruning, and controlling pests in the following areas: sports and athletic natural turf fields, golf courses, parks, ornamental gardens, arboreta, greenhouses, nurseries, botanical gardens and/or public landscaped areas and six (6) months of experience as a supervisor; OR
     2. Possession of a Certificate of Achievement from an accredited college or university in horticulture, landscaping, gardening, nursery and garden center operation, commercial cut flower and greenhouse production or related field, and two years of verifiable experience in the care, construction or maintenance of landscaped areas by planting, weeding, fertilizing, irrigating, pruning, and controlling pests in the following areas: sports and athletic natural turf fields, golf courses, parks, ornamental gardens, arboreta, greenhouses, nurseries, botanical gardens and/or public landscaped areas; and six (6) months of experience as a supervisor; OR
     3. Possession of an Associate of Arts or Science degree from an accredited college or university in horticulture, landscaping, gardening, nursery and garden center operation, commercial cut flower and greenhouse production or related field and 18 months of verifiable experience in the care, construction or maintenance of landcaped areas by planting, weeding, fertilizing, irrigating,  pruning, and controlling pests in the following areas: sports and athletic natural turf fields, golf courses, parks, ornamental gardens, arboreta, greenhouses, nurseries, botanical gardens and/or public landscaped areas; and six (6) months of experience as a supervisor; OR
     4. Completion of the City and County of San Francisco's gardener apprenticeship program (4000 hours) and six (6) months of experience as a supervisor; AND
     5. Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license.

Substitution
Two (2) years additional qualifying experience may substitute for the six (6) months supervisory experience.

Licenses and Certificates

Some positions may require a Qualified Applicator Certificate in the following pest control categories: (A) Residential, Industrial, and Institutional, (B) Landscape Maintenance, (C) Right-of-Way, (E) Forest, and (F) Aquatic.

Some positions may require an Agricultural Pest Control Advisor License: in the following pest control categories: (A) Insects, Mites and Other Invertebrates (Plant), (B) Plant Pathogens (C) Nematodes (D) Vertebrate Pests, (E) Weed Control; and (G) Plant Growth Regulators.

Verification of Experience and/or Education
Applicants are required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience by Tuesday, June 12 at 5:00 p.m. No exceptions. Information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements.
Information on how to verify experience can be found at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#verification. Please email all verifications to harry.bullock@sfgov.org.

Note
Falsifying one's education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

 

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

     •   Select the desired job announcement (CBT-3422-901859)
     •   Select "Apply" and read and acknowledge the information
     •   Select either "I am a New User" if you have not previously
          registered, or "I have registered previously"
     •   Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Harry Bullock, by telephone at (415) 831-6836, or by email at harry.bullock@sfgov.org.

Selection Procedures

Basic Supervisory Exam (BSE) (Weight 50%)

Candidates will be administered a written multiple-choice examination that is designed to measure basic knowledge of various supervisory practices and procedures (e.g. directing, counseling, guiding, evaluating, motivating, disciplining, developing and training subordinates, delegation, etc.) as well as customer service and reading comprehension.

This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review.

The examination is administered via computer or in paper format. Qualified candidates will be notified of the particular format to be used in their test appointment notification.

The score you achieve on this examination shall be valid and 'banked' for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to take this test again should you apply and be found eligible for a future announcement for which this particular test is used. Please note this test is used for other supervisory classes therefore your test score may be applied to one or more of these classes if you choose to apply to future recruitments. If the test for this future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination, your score will be automatically applied to that announcement. However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score to the other announcement or (b) re-take the test. Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which this test is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.

A passing score must be achieved on the BSE in order to continue in the selection process.

This is a standardized examination, and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review.

Written Examination (Weight 50%)
Candidates who pass the BSE will be invited to take a written examination administered by the Recreation and Park Department which may assess knowledge of: horticultural practices and techniques as applicable to plant installation, replacement and protection techniques; and maintenance of interior and exterior landscaped areas including trees, shrubs, ground covers, ornamental flower beds, turf and recreational areas; Integrated Pest Management practices and techniques; irrigation and water conservation management principles and techniques for established areas, plant installation and replacement and protection, turf management, and conservation practices; safety practices and regulations, including the exercise of proper precautionary measures relating to the use, storage and transport of materials and equipment in accordance with Material Safety Data Sheet, applicable sections of the San Francisco Administrative Code, and the Department’s Operations Manual; and skill and ability to: assign and coordinate work activities; monitor and evaluate work performance; assure proper accountability and promote efficiency by applying departmental policies, ordinances, personnel policies and procedures; heighten and maintain morale; counsel and discipline employees; and train staff, trainees and volunteers in the proper use of equipment and materials; plan and assess landscape maintenance requirements, as well as the operational needs of the assigned park area; develop contingency plans; allocate equipment and supplies; and set and meet project deadlines; communicate verbally and in writing; apply interpersonal relations principles with all stakeholders, including to diplomatically resolve conflicts; drive a City vehicle from job site to job site in order to perform the essential functions of the position; and use MS Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel and ACCESS.

A passing score must be achieved on the written test in order to be placed and ranked on the eligible list.

This is a standardized examination, and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review.

Certification

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of 10 Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List
The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of Twelve (12) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director, the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=21246. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.

Departmental Selection Procedures
Departments may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions for position(s) in class 3422 Park Section Supervisor. Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director. Only those candidates deemed best qualified will continue in the departmental selection process, which may consist of an oral interview and/or performance exercise.

 

 

 

 

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

 • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
 • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Conclusion

Terms of Announcement
General information concerning City and County of San Francisco employment policies and procedures may be found in the pamphlet entitled "Important Employment Information for Position Based Testing". This information is part of the terms of this announcement. The pamphlet is available at the Department of Human Resources Information Center, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 or on-line at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#positionbasedtesting.

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules, or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting of the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#announcementsdefinitions.

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance
Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to provide a complete employment history for the past ten (10) years and an explanation of all gaps in employment during that period. The past ten (10) years of the candidate's employment will be verified. In addition, candidates will be required to undergo a criminal history check, including FBI fingerprints, in order to determine eligibility for security clearance and may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening. Per Civil Service Commission Rule Section 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for the examination. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission.
Medical Examination
Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully pass a medical examination to determine his/her ability to perform the essential functions of the job and/or the ability to meet the physical minimum requirements.

Drug Testing Requirement Applicants for positions in this classification who are not currently employed by the City and County of San Francisco in a safety-sensitive position represented by Local 261 are required to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. All employees in this classification may also be subject to drug and alcohol testing upon reasonable suspicion or after a work-related accident. Applicants with a positive result from a pre-employment drug test will be restricted from hire in safety-sensitive positions for six montths after the date of the positive test.

Customs Clearance

This position requires that the incumbent bee qualified for unescorted access to the San Francisco International Airport U.S. Customs Security Area. An application for a U.S. Custom Access Seal may be submitted to Customs ONLY after employment has commenced. Employment in this position requires that the incumbent submit an application for, successfully acquire and maintain a Customs Access Seal. Per Civil Service Commission Rule 110.9.1, every applicant must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for this examination. Failure to acquire or maintain customs access, a requirement for this position, may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission. Customs Access Seal requirements and procedures are located in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 19, Part 122, Sections 181 or 189.
TWIC Card
Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Port Commission are required to be qualified for unescorted access to the Port's Maritime Transportation System MTS). An application for a TWIC card may be submitted after employment has commenced. Employment in this position requires that the incumbent undergo a criminal history check, immigration check and terrorist threat assessment, including FBI fingerprints, in order to determine eligibility for security clearance. The incumbent must submit and application for, successfully acquire and maintain a TWIC card. Per Civil Service Rule110.9.1, every applicant must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the announcement for this examination. Failure to acquire or maintain a TWIC card, a requirement for this position, may be basis for termination from employment with the Port Commission. Note: TWIC requirements and procedures are located in the U.S. Code of Federal Reglations, 49 U.S.C. 114, 40113, and 49 U.S.C. 5103a.

Copies of Application Documents
Information can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies.

Reasonable Accommodation Request
Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this recruitment can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#reasonableaccommodation.

Clerical Errors
May be corrected by the posting of the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#announcementsdefinitions.

General Information
Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20.

Veteran's Preference
Information can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference.

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit.

Right to Work
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States. http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification.

Exam Type: CPE
Issued: 24 May 2018; Amended and Reissued on 30 May
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: CBT-3422-901859
REC / HB / 415-831-6836

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits

All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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